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Schools Advised to Join Cooperative Health Insurance Schemes

SOROTI – Bethesda, a private health facility has embarked on a community health insurance scheme to help those in need.

The scheme started way back in 2019 with a training, to bring other people on board. So far, it has registered more than four groups into their system including schools.

Tumusiime Isaac, the Administrator of Bethesda Health Facility says the scheme aims at bringing services closer for those who earn less and can not access services from a private facility.

“We try to encourage the groups because we don’t want them to send only sick people,” Tumusiime said.

While talking to theCooperator, Tumusiime said, for a group to benefit, they must be able to raise Shs 10,000. They also expect 60% of the members to have paid up for them to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with any cooperative society for services to commence.

The health insurance scheme runs for three months, before it is renewed. Tumusiime says the scheme aims at treating diseases like; malaria, typhoid and other simple headaches which may occur when there is no money.

He advises that if the community can embrace this initiative, cost sharing will be realized even when one does not fall sick. It could also help other people like during burials.

Ajuo Merab, the school bursar of St Stephen Secondary School, Soroti told theCooperator that they have been receiving treatment from Bethesda for the last three years.

“Their services have been so good, our students don’t have to suffer going elsewhere, each child pays 10,000/= for the whole term,” Ajuo said.

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